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Palo Alto County, Iowa (IA)

County population in 2014: 9,099 (39% urban, 61% rural); it was 10,147 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,540
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,416
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,048
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,038 (it was 1,071 in 2000)
% of renters here:

26%
State:

28%

Land area: 564 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.6 sq. mi.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Palo Alto County: 83.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (31.9%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (29.7%), Manufacturing (13.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 44%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 41%
  • Unpaid family work: 7%
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Races in Palo Alto County, Iowa:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.7%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years
Males: 4,518  (49.7%)
Females: 4,581  (50.3%)
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Palo Alto County,IA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Palo Alto County:

2.0 people
Iowa:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2015: $48,488 ($32,409 in 1999)

This county:

$48,488
Iowa:

$54,736

Median contract rent in 2015 for apartments: $426 (lower quartile is $327, upper quartile is $529)
This county:

$426
State:

$594


Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $89,855 (it was $55,900 in 2000)
Palo Alto:

$89,855
Iowa:

$136,100
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $58,552 - $144,139
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $855
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $388

Institutionalized population: 200

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 0
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 4
  • Burglaries: 23
  • Thefts: 23
  • Auto thefts: 4
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $211,700
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $123,800
  • 2009: 6 buildings, average cost: $148,000
  • 2010: 4 buildings, average cost: $167,800
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $269,000
  • 2012: 6 buildings, average cost: $345,500
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $191,700
  • 2014: 2 buildings, average cost: $175,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $1,237 (1.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $1,230 (1.4%)

Palo Alto County household income distribution in 2009 Palo Alto County home values distribution Palo Alto County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 10.7%
(9.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 57.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 23.6% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 10.4%
Palo Alto County:

10.4%
Iowa:

12.2%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 58.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2015: 42 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 24 years old, American Indian residents: 56 years old, Asian residents: 31 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Palo Alto County is $377 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $498 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $610 a month.

Cities in this county include: Emmetsburg, Graettinger, West Bend, Ruthven, Mallard, Ayrshire, Cylinder, Curlew, Rodman.

Palo Alto County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2012 air pollution in Palo Alto County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.034 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 21.3 µg/m3. Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.7 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Strafford County, New Hampshire , Josephine County, Oregon , Genesee County, New York , Holt County, Nebraska , Wayne County, New York , Vernon County, Wisconsin .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

2.9%
Iowa:

3.3%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 591
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 83.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 92 (52% naturalized citizens)

Palo Alto County:

0.9%
Whole state:

3.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 38
  • 1990 to 1994: 2
  • 1985 to 1989: 9
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 2
  • 1970 to 1974: 5
  • 1965 to 1969: 36
Note: State values scaled to Palo Alto County population

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.5 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 75.3%

Palo Alto County marital status for males Palo Alto County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 3,894
  • One, attached: 59
  • Two: 74
  • 3 or 4: 155
  • 5 to 9: 145
  • 10 to 19: 39
  • 20 or more: 71
  • Mobile homes: 192
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 2

Housing units in Palo Alto County with a mortgage: 1,148 (91 second mortgage, 64 home equity loan, 8 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,287

Here:

47.1% with mortgage
State:

62.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Palo Alto County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant3,00812
Catholic2,7987
Evangelical Protestant1,4449
Other--
None2,171-
Palo Alto County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Palo Alto County:

5.30 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Palo Alto County:

7.43 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

9.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Palo Alto County:

9.0%
Iowa:

7.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Palo Alto County:

27.3%
State:

27.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.7%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Palo Alto County:

Average size of farms: 417 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $244,070
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $256.25
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 60.71%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $207,907
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 89.63%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.17%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $114,313
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.38%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 5.51
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.90%
Corn for grain: 151397 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 136241 harvested acres
Vegetables: 273 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Palo Alto County-area historical earthquake activity is near Iowa state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/9/1975 at 14:54:15, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 190.5 miles away from Palo Alto County center
On 3/4/1983 at 06:32:18, a magnitude 4.6 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 4.4 ML) earthquake occurred 248.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/3/2002 at 20:41:56, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 214.2 miles away from the county center
On 6/5/1993 at 01:24:53, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 195.5 miles away from the county center
On 10/25/1990 at 06:25:25, a magnitude 3.9 (3.6 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 196.1 miles away from Palo Alto County center
On 2/6/1996 at 15:10:28, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 150.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: June 14, 2014 to June 24, 2014, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4184: July 24, 2014, FEMA Id: 4184, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2013 to June 15, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4126: July 02, 2013, FEMA Id: 4126, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 01, 2010 to August 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1930: July 29, 2010, FEMA Id: 1930, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: January 19, 2010 to January 26, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1880: March 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1880, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Iowa Severe Winter Storms and Snowstorm, Incident Period: December 23, 2009 to December 27, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1877: February 25, 2010, FEMA Id: 1877, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 25, 2008 to August 13, 2008, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1763: May 27, 2008, FEMA Id: 1763, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Iowa Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: August 17, 2007 to September 05, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1727: September 14, 2007, FEMA Id: 1727, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • Iowa Snow, Incident Period: February 28, 2007 to March 02, 2007, Emergency Declared EM-3275: March 30, 2007, FEMA Id: 3275, Natural disaster type: Snow
  • Iowa Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3239: September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: 3239, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • Iowa Severe Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 19, 2004 to June 24, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1518: May 25, 2004, FEMA Id: 1518, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 7 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Palo Alto County (17) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 12, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 6, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snow: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (19%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Management occupations (17%)
  • Production occupations (14%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (23%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (12%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • United Kingdom (26%)
  • Canada (24%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (23%)
  • Germany (12%)
  • Italy (5%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • Poland (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Palo Alto County (%):

  • German (42%)
  • Norwegian (13%)
  • Irish (12%)
  • United States or American (8%)
  • English (6%)
  • Danish (4%)
  • Dutch (2%)

Palo Alto County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,641 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 537 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 27 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 11 (0%)
  • Walked: 241 (5%)
  • Other means: 2 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 402 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Palo Alto County, Iowa in 2000:

  • 213 people in nursing homes
  • 90 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 42 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 42 people in hospices or homes for chronically ill
  • 40 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

People in group quarters in Palo Alto County, Iowa in 2010:

  • 196 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 144 people in college/university student housing
  • 4 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $50,130.

5.66% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,288 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.66%
Iowa average:

5.75%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.87% relocated from other counties in Iowa ($21,371 average AGI)
1.80% relocated from other states ($9,917 average AGI)
Palo Alto County:

1.80%
Iowa average:

2.41%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Clay County, IA  0.64% ($32,696 average AGI)
from Emmet County, IA  0.61% ($23,545)
from Polk County, IA  0.36% ($41,846)
from Pocahontas County, IA  0.28% ($21,900)


6.00% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,665 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.00%
Iowa average:

5.94%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.07% relocated to other counties in Iowa ($21,913 average AGI)
1.93% relocated to other states ($12,752 average AGI)
Palo Alto County:

1.93%
Iowa average:

2.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Clay County, IA  0.74% ($27,037 average AGI)
to Kossuth County, IA  0.52% ($48,474)
to Polk County, IA  0.33% ($29,333)
to Emmet County, IA  0.28% ($24,700)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.6

Births per 1000 population in Palo Alto County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Palo Alto County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 4.8

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Palo Alto County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 9.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Palo Alto County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Palo Alto County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 2,119 (1,880 aged, 239 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 62 (3%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Palo Alto County, Iowa in 1999 - 2014:

  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (145)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (140)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (110)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (102)
  • Unspecified dementia (101)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (91)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (88)
  • Chronic ischaemic heart disease, unspecified (47)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (40)
  • Malignant neoplasm of prostate (40)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 10.23
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 8,069
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 481
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 74,146

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,186
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,650
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 21

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 83

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,077
  • In family households: 7,294 (1,992 male householders, 518 female householders)
    2,073 spouses, 2,361 children (2,149 natural, 76 adopted, 136 stepchildren), 71 grandchildren, 40 brothers or sisters, 16 parents, 37 other relatives, 171 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 1,783 (696 male householders (564 living alone)), 788 female householders (712 living alone)), 299 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 344 (200 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 1,376 2-persons, 460 3-persons, 359 4-persons, 214 5-persons, 69 6-persons, 32 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,276 1-person, 177 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 1 6-persons, 6 7-or-more-persons.

1,974 married couples with children.
371 single-parent households (113 men, 258 women).

97.0% of residents of Palo Alto County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (89% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (83% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 6% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $76,525,000 ($7,826 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $925,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $29,716,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $13,965,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $13,807,000
Federal grants: $15,831,000
Federal procurement contracts: $599,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,606,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,267,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,499,000
Federal Government insurance: $66,343,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 583
Here:

60 per 1000 residents
State:

66 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 690
Here:

71 per 1000 residents
State:

48 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +28
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+10 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -356
Here -37 per 1000 residents
State -14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Palo Alto County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.06 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.5
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.1
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2014 or later: 9
  • 2010 to 2013: 18
  • 2000 to 2009: 297
  • 1990 to 1999: 313
  • 1980 to 1989: 269
  • 1970 to 1979: 767
  • 1960 to 1969: 471
  • 1950 to 1959: 556
  • 1940 to 1949: 429
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,452
Note: State values scaled to Palo Alto population
Rooms in houses/apartments in Palo Alto County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Palo Alto County population
  • 1 room: 1
  • 2 rooms: 14
  • 3 rooms: 64
  • 4 rooms: 243
  • 5 rooms: 558
  • 6 rooms: 658
  • 7 rooms: 585
  • 8 rooms: 416
  • 9+ rooms: 509
  • 1 room: 33
  • 2 rooms: 5
  • 3 rooms: 179
  • 4 rooms: 214
  • 5 rooms: 163
  • 6 rooms: 167
  • 7 rooms: 108
  • 8 rooms: 84
  • 9+ rooms: 118
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Palo Alto County, Iowa
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Palo Alto County population
  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 74
  • 2 bedrooms: 635
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,375
  • 4 bedrooms: 824
  • 5+ bedrooms: 136
  • no bedroom: 43
  • 1 bedroom: 165
  • 2 bedrooms: 387
  • 3 bedrooms: 231
  • 4 bedrooms: 197
  • 5+ bedrooms: 48
Cars and other vehicles available in Palo Alto County, Iowa in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Note: State values scaled to Palo Alto County population
  • no vehicle: 56
  • 1 vehicle: 881
  • 2 vehicles: 1,327
  • 3 vehicles: 530
  • 4 vehicles: 165
  • 5+ vehicles: 89
  • no vehicle: 122
  • 1 vehicle: 432
  • 2 vehicles: 337
  • 3 vehicles: 88
  • 4 vehicles: 42
  • 5+ vehicles: 50

62% of Palo Alto County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 49% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 69% lived in Iowa.

Palo Alto County:

61.6%
State average:

57.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 8,508
  • Northeast: 71
  • Midwest: 985
  • South: 157
  • West: 284

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Palo Alto County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (62.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.3%)
  • Electricity (7.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.3%)
  • Utility gas (39.1%)
  • Electricity (28.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (27.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (4.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 175
Here:

16.0%
Iowa:

10.8%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 34
Here:

4.7%
Iowa:

7.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 59
Here:

11.3%
Iowa:

25.4%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Palo Alto County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $13,665,000
    Regular Highways: $2,899,000
    Health - Other: $1,218,000
    Financial Administration: $920,000
    Police Protection: $859,000
    Central Staff Services: $537,000
    Solid Waste Management: $453,000
    Parks and Recreation: $390,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $377,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $280,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $231,000
    Correctional Institutions: $138,000
    General - Other: $10,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $72,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $135,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $72,000
    General - Other: $28,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $7,894,000

Palo Alto County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $13,665,000
    All Other: $229,000
    Solid Waste Management: $185,000
    Regular Highways: $36,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $137,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $772,000
    Interest Earnings: $241,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $80,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $2,361,000
    Health and Hospitals: $766,000
    General Local Government Support: $597,000
    All Other: $24,000
  • Tax - Property: $4,258,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $269,000
    Other License: $111,000

Palo Alto County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,172,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,645,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $612,000
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $85,000

Palo Alto County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,422,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 151
  • Number of aged recipients: 19
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 132
  • Number of recipients under 18: 22
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 94
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 35
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 68
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 50
Palo Alto County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Palo Alto County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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Most common first names in Palo Alto County, IA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John13277.7 years
Mary10483.7 years
William9176.7 years
George5680.6 years
Margaret5482.0 years
Anna5387.9 years
James5275.0 years
Robert5173.7 years
Donald4466.5 years
Joseph4277.7 years
Most common last names in Palo Alto County, IA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson6579.4 years
Peterson3975.4 years
Miller3581.5 years
Smith2982.7 years
Nelson2882.5 years
Brown2580.5 years
Christensen2477.8 years
Myers2378.9 years
Banwart2280.2 years
Hanson2278.9 years
Businesses in Palo Alto County, IA
NameCountNameCount
Alco Stores1McDonald's1
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dairy Queen1Subway1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford2True Value1
Jimmy John's1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1